Suffolk Business Awards 2022: Director of the Year

Suffolk Business Park in Bury St Edmunds, a 57-acre development currently under construction 

The Churchmanor Estates Company is the developer of Suffolk Business Park, a 57-acre development currently under construction - Credit: Churchmanor Estates Company

The Suffolk Business Awards 2022 are now open for entries and the Director of the Year award is open to directors at any stage in their career, from entrepreneurs to industry stalwarts.

Entrants will be expected to have made a demonstrable contribution to their company’s business strategy and growth, backed up by evidence of clear leadership and resilience.

“These awards remind us that Suffolk is a great place to live, work and do business,” said Emma Proctor King, head of communications at The Churchmanor Estates Company Plc, and judge for the Director of the Year category. 

“Whether you are the leader of a start-up, or the director of an established corporation, this award will set you apart from the rest of the pack.” 

Emma Proctor King, head of communications at The Churchmanor Estates Company Plc

Emma Proctor King, head of communications at The Churchmanor Estates Company - Credit: Churchmanor Estates Company

Ms Proctor King acknowledged that the past few years have been a “turbulent and changing” time for businesses, and said it is important to acknowledge the achievements of those leaders who have navigated their companies through the storms of both Covid and Brexit. 

“This award is all about the personality, drive, passion and proven results of one individual working to create success for their business,” she said. 

“Role models present powerful messages and values and aspirations. They contribute fresh and innovative ideas, and make a positive impact on the economy, and in turn, attract new talent and competition to the area.”  

“I will be looking for the person who has gone above and beyond for their company, and who can demonstrate a significant impact to their business,” she added.

To enter the Director of the Year category, visit the Suffolk Business Awards website.

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Meet the sponsor 

The Churchmanor Estates Company plc has for 35 years been one of the foremost commercial property developers in the East of England, renowned for adopting a collaborative approach to the process of property development. 

Through joint ventures with landowners, Churchmanor has helped to unlock the development potential of its landholdings, and for individual local and national business, Churchmanor has developed new premises for relocation or expansion, for example the new Birketts HQ in Ipswich.   

Churchmanor believe in creating brilliant spaces for work and for life, and has developed over three million square feet of commercial accommodation, which has included research and development parks, business parks, offices, retail and leisure and major town centre regeneration.


The judges will be looking for a director who has strong leadership qualities, as well as business and financial acumen, evidenced by their company’s growth and investment. 

They will have structured, defined values and a mission for their businesses, and have shown resilience through any challenges and obstacles along the way, all while demonstrating clear managerial skills.